US Supreme Court justice lands book deal with massive $2M advance
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has negotiated a massive new book deal with a sizable advance.
According to Politico, three publishing industry insiders have revealed the newly-confirmed justice, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump, has reportedly written a manuscript that focuses on "how judges are not supposed to bring their personal feelings into how they rule." Ahead of the book's release, Barrett has reportedly received a staggering $2 million advance.
Despite the nature of the book, an industry insider has admitted the advance is "an eye-raising amount."
Justice Barrett's seven-figure advance comes as Trump-era aides and advisors struggle to even secure a book deal and obtain decent advances on manuscripts. Washington D.C. literary agent Gail Ross weighed in on the challenges former Trump administration officials face.
"It would be hard to imagine anyone on the inside offering us any wisdom, insight, or even good storytelling that would educate, enrich or even entertain us at this point," said D.C. literary agent Gail Ross. "Books are selling quite well today because they offer us those elements. I presume a couple may convince a publisher otherwise. For me, tall tales by Trump acolytes don't cut it."
Politico also notes another barrier that may be contributing to the challenges.
One obstacle for certain Trump alumni could be the ideology of those often making the decisions on major book deals: They tend to be Democrats disdainful of Trump and wary of underwriting a project that could lead to public blowback.
However, some have managed to seal deals. The publication reports that former White House trade advisor Peter Navarro and Jared Kushner, former White House senior advisor and Trump's son-in-law, have so managed to obtain book deals.
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